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Polder landscape

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In a narrow composition, Weissenbruch has painted a farmer on a white horse on a road along the bank of a canal. In the distance, a white sail suggests a boat on the canal. The composition is bordered on the left by a group of trees and on the right by a windmill. A blue sky with white clouds spans the whole.
Weissenbruch was the the most explicit ‘plein-airist’ among the members of the Hague School. For him, working in the open air was almost a condition. Tirelessly he draw and painted the polder landscape in the vicinity of Noorden and near the Nieuwkoop lakes, apparently unperturbed by unfavourable weather conditions. This small oil sketch must have been made on one of these trips.
Large paintings, however, were always made in the studio, often based on oil or charcoal sketches. Weissenbruch’s famous watercolours were also frequently painted in the studio. Working in the open air and from nature was a frequently repeated principle for the painters of the Hague School, but in some cases it was also part of the mythology of the landscape artist.

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Title Polder landscape
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 38 cm
Height 9 cm
Artists Schilder: Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch
Accession number VdV 87
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Creation date in circa 1870 - 1880
Age artist Between 41 and 51 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Internal exhibitions De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch

Den Haag 1824 - Den Haag 1903

Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch's father was a collector of works that included those of the painter Andreas Schelfhout. The influence of his work can be seen in the...

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